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06/10/2016
I don’t know if I can do this image justice — but one of the funniest skits I’ve ever seen on TV was on “The Carole Burnett Show” when Tim Conway played a dentist that kept accidentally injecting himself with Novocain. First he stuck his hand, then...
06/09/2016
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama traveled to Cuba to restore diplomatic relations and bring back opportunities for both the United States and the Communist-ruled island. The historical trip made Obama the first sitting U.S. president to...
06/08/2016
As Engine No. 4471 rumbled through downtown Ruston on March 28, 1980, engineer A. J. Shirey and brakeman Ned Causey waved and shouted, “This is the last run.” And it was. Despite repeated efforts that commenced months before that Friday afternoon...
06/06/2016
In these days of seemingly endless higher education budget cuts, its pays for University of System schools to think outside of the box and go proactive. So kudos to both Grambling State and Louisiana Tech for doing so.
06/04/2016
Listen and laugh. Have you ever been down and out? Of course you have. I’m not talking about the baseball player who just tried to steal second base. I’m referring to when we have the “blues,” or as Abraham Lincoln used to say having the “slows” —...
06/04/2016
The 2016-17 school year is now history. It is difficult to believe how quickly it transpired with its accomplishments, its challenges and its promises for the future.
06/04/2016
School is officially over with for students of all ages, but that doesn’t mean the learning stops. Lincoln Parish parents should be thankful for all of the fun and activities that are available for growing minds. From arts camps and science-related...
06/04/2016
You might work diligently at building a financial roadmap for your retirement years and a comprehensive estate plan. But you can’t just create these strategies — you also have to communicate them. Specifically, you need to inform your spouse and...
06/04/2016
Question: Money is a pretty touchy topic between my wife and me. It just seems we argue more than anything. Can you address some ways we can overcome that? Answer: Last week we identified four possible outcomes to marital conflicts over money — or...
06/04/2016
Ever since the first seemingly savvy saver stashed cash underneath a mattress, investors have turned toward safe harbors to help protect their hard-earned dollars. But despite a generally held belief, fixed-income investments and other finance...
06/04/2016
Forget any Madison Avenue suits being required to assemble a portfolio for Lincoln Parish sports titled “A Year to Remember.” What has transpired on the diamonds, gridirons, tracks and links in our area since the 2015-16 season began writes its own...
06/04/2016
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy...” That is the beginning line of a book I used to read to my children when they were little. It was a book titled Summertime, by George Gershwin, written after a song by the same title in which the original...
06/03/2016
While I’ve only been at the Ruston Daily Leader for eight months as of Sunday, I have done hundreds of interviews. In those interviews, I have discovered something special about Lincoln Parish: There is a lot of talent rooted in our community. From...
06/02/2016
I grow another year older Friday. Chapter 23 ends with Chapter 24 beginning. I like to call my ages “chapters” because age is a number and I’m not good with numbers. When Chapter 12 rolled into 13 I knew how badly I wanted to become the next Mel...
06/01/2016
My grandfather grew up in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, literally in the shadow of Mount Magazine, the highest peak in Arkansas. It’s a place were the soil is thin and rocks easily protrude from the rippled ground, the perfect place for a...
05/31/2016
A third season under a head coach with a familiar name to Grambling State University football fans figures to be fun and successful this fall. For the past two years, the Tigers have won 16 games, highlighted by nine W’s and a berth in the...
05/31/2016
The LSU AgCenter was proud to host more than 300 Lincoln Parish 4-H members, leaders, parents, and volunteers as they learned “Be Good Gators — Take Care of Our Environment” at the 2016 Lincoln Parish 4-H Achievement Day recently held at the North...
05/28/2016
There was a stark contrast between my Dad’s war and mine. They had Rosie the Riveter, Glenn Miller, Bob Hope and Betty Grable. We had Jane Fonda, Muhammad Ali, Abbie Hoffman and Country Joe and the Fish. They had Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima and ticker...
05/28/2016
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — General George S. Patton Did you know 28 burials occur each weekday at Arlington National Cemetery? Or did you know that more than 300,000 of the...
05/28/2016
Question: Money is a pretty touchy topic between my wife and me. It just seems we argue more than anything. Can you address some ways we can overcome that? Answer: I’m no marriage counselor, but I’ve seen my fair share of family feuds over finances...